The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pant \Pant\ (p[.a]nt), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Panted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Panting.] [Cf. F. panteler to gasp for breath, OF.
panteisier to be breathless, F. pantois out of breath; perh.
akin to E. phantom, the verb prob. orig. meaning, to have the
1. To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after
exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with
heaving of the breast; to gasp.
Pluto plants for breath from out his cell. --Dryden.
2. Hence: To long eagerly; to desire earnestly; -- often used
with for or after.
As the hart panteth after the water brooks. --Ps.
Who pants for glory finds but short repose. --Pope.
3. To beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate,
or throb; -- said of the heart. --Spenser.
4. To sigh; to flutter; to languish. [Poetic]
The whispering breeze
Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees.